Guatemala blanked St. Lucia
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado USA (Sept. 29, 2017) –
Guatemala blanked St. Lucia 25-17,
25-15, 25-16 on Friday during the NORCECA Men’s Continental
Championship Classification 5-10 round in Colorado Springs,
Colorado. In the process, Guatemala won its first match of the
Guatemala was led by Andy Leonardo Blanco’s 18 points and Wagner
Chacon contributed another 11 points.
St. Lucia captain Joseph Clercent scored a team-high 12 points
and Anfernee Ferdinand added six points.
Guatemala tallied a 9-1 block advantage along with a 5-2 ace
Guatemala now advances to the Classification 5-8 round. St.
Lucia will finish its tournament on Saturday at 3 p.m. MT by
playing St. Vincent.
The NORCECA Men’s Continental Championship is a qualification
tournament into the 2018 FIVB World Championship. The top three
teams in the 10-team field earn berths into the World
Championship, while the top two teams in a second NORCECA
qualifier held later this fall round out NORCECA’s five
vacancies into the world event.
Guatemala Coach Julio Dominguez: “The attitude within the team
was the key to the victory since we came in from losing to USA
and Dominican Republic. It is the same as going for gold for us
when going for fifth place – that is what we are working. We are
taking this tournament to work on a very important tournament at
the end of the year.”
Guatemala Captain Gerardo Antonio Gonzalez Paz: “This was a
great win for the team. The attitude is getting better after
losing to USA and Dominican Republic. Now we are going step by
step to reach our goal of finishing in fifth place. We are still
working on our speed of our game.”
St. Lucia Coach Terry Verdant: “In each match, we have been
getting better and better. We still need to work on our defense
in order to win tomorrow’s match.”
St. Lucia Player Joseph Clercent: “I think we have a very young
team. We have a lot of work to do because back home we don’t
have this level of volleyball. So this is a good experience for
our team. We just need to keep working and pushing ourselves.”